Exits follow Viane announcement, recruitment buzz
Longtime Mouse House vet David Singh is leaving his post as exec VP of worldwide marketing and creative content at Walt Disney Studios.The marketer alerted staff of his resignation via email. In what appears to be an unrelated move, exec VP of distribution Chris LeRoy also resigned his post at Disney. Singh’s departure follows reports last week that Disney is recruiting Frank Chiocchi from Universal, where he serves as exec VP of marketing, to head up creative advertising at the Mouse House. Details of the position are still in negotiations, but it would be a new one at Disney and the exec would oversee live-action pics. Singh had moved up the ad ranks at Disney over the years, having been upped to VP of creative film services for Buena Vista Pictures Marketing in 1999 under Oren Aviv and Geoffrey Ammer, then co-prexies of the film division. Singh continued to work closely with Aviv up through Aviv’s departure as president of production of Walt Disney Studios in early 2010. Aviv is now chief marketing officer and co-president for theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox. He starts Feb. 7. Singh first joined Disney as director of film services at Buena Vista Pictures Marketing in 1997. Before joining Disney he served a four-year stint with marketing shop Craig Murray Prods., where he worked on trailers and other marketing materials for Disney films.LeRoy will remain with Disney through July. His departure comes just after distribution topper Chuck Viane announced plans to retire July 1. LeRoy came from the Edwards Theaters circuit as head film buyer in December 2001.